Expanding modes of transportation in DeWitt Township

The City of Dewitt, Dewitt Township and the Clinton County Road Commission have come together to provide walking and biking paths throughout Dewitt Township. Dewitt Township is calling it the Non-Motorized Transportation Plan, which will be making walking and biking much more desired modes of transportation.  

“The township adopted a non-motorized transportation plan in 2013, so this is one of the projects that was identified on that plan,” said Rod Taylor, Dewitt Township manager.  We started working on it in a concentrated fashion in 2015.”

“The Non-Motorized Transportation Plan identified 60 different projects where we ranked those projects based upon a weighted system that looked at safety issues, connection with commercial areas, schools, and neighborhoods,” said Taylor.  “In addition, this project was a joint venture with the City of Dewitt as well as the Clinton County Road Commission.

Planning firm brings their knowledge to DeWitt

 

At the city council meeting on Oct. 25, council members stated that this is the first time since 1987 that the planning services contract was bid out. Planning firm Beckett & Raeder, Inc. has been contracted by the city of DeWitt to aid its growth. They offer a range of services for clients for developing and managing community growth. Some of the services are: Community master plans, strategic planning, and small town design.

Man’s best friend has a new place to play

The DeWitt Dog Park is a new attraction for dog owners in the DeWitt Township area who are looking to remove the leash and let the dog run freely.  The dog park is a new gated park that is located at 3577 West Herbison Road, directly next to Padgett Park.   

“The project took about 12 months to put together, with the construction taking place this previous summer,” said DeWitt City administrator Daniel Coss.  “The fences were installed in May of 2017 and we started planning it in May of 2016.  It was a group effort by the city and the township.”

Coss said the City of DeWitt and DeWitt Township worked together to select a location.

Watch Focal Point: “Me Too” campaign, inside Little Caesers Arena and more

An inside look into the new Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Hear how students are reacting to the viral social media campaign, “#MeToo.” The first Costco in the mid-Michigan area opens in Meridian Township. Plus, in honor of the winningest coach in Spartan basketball history, the Breslin Center debuts the Tom Izzo Hall of History. Those stories and more on Focal Point.

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Real estate offers opportunities to grow one’s own business

The trend of property buying has continued to grow, especially in Detroit. There are currently 1,300 properties in Detroit that are in some stage of foreclosure, default, auction or bank owned, while the number of homes listed for sale. With the increase of available property being sold and auctioned, there comes an increase in the number of of property buyers. Like Vernon Grimes III, a Detroit native who has recently started his own property development and management company with four other co-owners. There are almost 28 million small businesses in the U.S. and over 22 million are self-employed with no additional payroll or employees, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Does the ‘New Detroit’ have room for native Detroiters?

DETROIT — On a cloudy Sunday afternoon, Janet Webster Jones, a lifelong Detroiter and owner of Source Booksellers, recalls a time when black Detroit residents were unable to invest in their own city. “Detroit went through a period where outside investors would not come to Detroit for reasons of race and fear of a place where people don’t look like them,” explained Jones. “And the banks wouldn’t give any money to the black and brown Detroiters who wanted to invest in the city.”

Jones felt that this had to do with representation in the bank system. “There was a time when we had absolutely no bank tellers of color,” she recalled. “Then Dr. Charles H. Wright went on a campaign to get banks to hire black people as tellers at least, which is the lowest level of employment.”

However, despite the adversities faced by blacks in Detroit, many still managed to create independent communities.

Residents, employees and business owners share their view of Lansing’s future

Every city has its stakeholders – men, women and children who want to see the community grow, businesses thrive, education improve and popularity skyrocket. The collective viewpoint of these individuals in the City of Lansing could determine the future of Michigan’s capital city. Ariniko O’Meara – Vice President of the REO Town Commercial Association

Ariniko O’Meara is no stranger to the Lansing area. She spends much of her time in REO Town, a Lansing district in the middle of an impressive comeback. “I was born and raised in Lansing until I was 22,” she said.

Friends of Ormond Park seek to end the construction of golf course entrance

On Monday, July 10, an Ingham County judge signed an injunction to temporarily halt construction of a new entrance to Groesbeck Golf Course in Lansing. After witnessing Ormond Park’s trees and play structures being torn down, Friends of Ormond Park rushed to seek an injunction. Lansing residents feel Groesbeck’s new entrance project should have been included in a public hearing. Kathleen Badgley, a member of Friends of Ormond Park, has lived next to Ormond Park for 39 years. Not once was the construction of the entrance mentioned to the public, according to Badgley.